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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: "Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development is one of the most exciting collections of essays I have read in a long time. It does so much more than explore the fascinating history of Rodia's unique creation; this volume truly captures the rich, variegated, diverse, and transcontinental human drama surrounding the Towers. This book approaches Rodia's Towers much like a visitor would, by taking them in from a distance and then close-up, seeking various angles and perspectives and exploring their setting. This approach makes reading Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts an experience and a journey of discovery where, in the end, the mysteries merge into a grand revelation of the nature of human creative aspiration."-Paul D'Ambrosio, President and CEO, Fenimore Art Museum & The Farmers' Museum "Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts offer a rich array of perspectives on the creative work of the eccentric immigrant laborer who created one of the most mysterious landmarks of Los Angeles. Whether they are interested in untrained artists, folklore, immigration, cultural and class politics, historical preservation, Italian American life, or multi-cultural neighborhoods and their identities, readers will find unique and diverse provocations in this this lovingly and astutely assembled book."-Donna Gabaccia, Professor of History, University of Minnesota. Codice inventario libreria

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Riassunto: The extraordinary Watts Towers were created over the course of three decades by a determined, single-minded artist, Sabato Rodia, a highly remarkable Italian immigrant laborer who wanted to do “something big.” Now a National Historic Landmark and internationally renowned destination, the Watts Towers in Los Angeles are both a personal artistic expression and a collective symbol of Nuestro Pueblo―Our Town/Our People. Featuring fresh and innovative examinations that mine deeper and broader than ever before, Sabato Rodia’s Towers in Watts is a muchanticipated revisitation of the man and his towers.

In 1919, Sabato Rodia purchased a triangular plot of land in a multiethnic, working-class, semi-rural district. He set to work on an unusual building project in his own yard. By night, Rodia dreamed and excogitated, and by day he built. He experimented with form, color, texture, cement mixtures, and construction techniques. He built, tore down, and re-built. As an artist completely possessed by his work, he was often derided as an incomprehensible crazy man.

Providing a multifaceted, holistic understanding of Rodia, the towers, and the cultural/social/physical environment within which the towers and their maker can be understood, Sabato Rodia’s Towers in Watts compiles essays from twenty authors, offering perspectives from the arts, the communities involved in the preservation and interpretation of the towers, and the academy. Most of the contributions originated at two interdisciplinary conferences held in Los Angeles and in Italy: “Art & Migration: Sabato Rodia’s Towers in Watts, Los Angeles” and “The Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative: Art, Migrations, Development.”

The Watts Towers are wondrous objects of art and architecture as well as the expression and embodiment of the resolve of a singular artistic genius to do something great. But they also recount the heroic civic efforts (art and social action) to save them, both of which continue to this day to evoke awe and inspiration. Sabato
Rodia’s Towers in Watts presents a well-rounded tribute to one man’s tenacious labor of love.

A portion of royalties from this book will go to support the work of the Watts Towers Arts Center.

Click here for Appendices B-D of Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development

Book Description: A multi-faceted exploration of Sabato Rodia’s Watts Towers provides an insightful, panoramic study of the man, his monuments, and their cultural/social/physical environments.

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Descrizione libro Fordham University Press, United States, 2014. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The extraordinary Watts Towers were created over the course of three decades by a determined, single-minded artist, Sabato Rodia, a highly remarkable Italian immigrant laborer who wanted to do something big. Now a National Historic Landmark and internationally renowned destination, the Watts Towers in Los Angeles are both a personal artistic expression and a collective symbol of Nuestro Pueblo-Our Town/Our People. Featuring fresh and innovative examinations that mine deeper and broader than ever before, Sabato Rodia s Towers in Watts is a muchanticipated revisitation of the man and his towers. In 1919, Sabato Rodia purchased a triangular plot of land in a multiethnic, working-class, semi-rural district. He set to work on an unusual building project in his own yard. By night, Rodia dreamed and excogitated, and by day he built. He experimented with form, color, texture, cement mixtures, and construction techniques. He built, tore down, and re-built. As an artist completely possessed by his work, he was often derided as an incomprehensible crazy man.Providing a multifaceted, holistic understanding of Rodia, the towers, and the cultural/social/physical environment within which the towers and their maker can be understood, Sabato Rodia s Towers in Watts compiles essays from twenty authors, offering perspectives from the arts, the communities involved in the preservation and interpretation of the towers, and the academy. Most of the contributions originated at two interdisciplinary conferences held in Los Angeles and in Italy: Art Migration: Sabato Rodia s Towers in Watts, Los Angeles and The Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative: Art, Migrations, Development. The Watts Towers are wondrous objects of art and architecture as well as the expression and embodiment of the resolve of a singular artistic genius to do something great. But they also recount the heroic civic efforts (art and social action) to save them, both of which continue to this day to evoke awe and inspiration. Sabato Rodia s Towers in Watts presents a well-rounded tribute to one man s tenacious labor of love. A portion of royalties from this book will go to support the work of the Watts Towers Arts Center.Click here for Appendices B-D of Sabato Rodia s Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development. Codice libro della libreria AAJ9780823257966

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Descrizione libro Fordham University Press, United States, 2014. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The extraordinary Watts Towers were created over the course of three decades by a determined, single-minded artist, Sabato Rodia, a highly remarkable Italian immigrant laborer who wanted to do something big. Now a National Historic Landmark and internationally renowned destination, the Watts Towers in Los Angeles are both a personal artistic expression and a collective symbol of Nuestro Pueblo-Our Town/Our People. Featuring fresh and innovative examinations that mine deeper and broader than ever before, Sabato Rodia s Towers in Watts is a muchanticipated revisitation of the man and his towers. In 1919, Sabato Rodia purchased a triangular plot of land in a multiethnic, working-class, semi-rural district. He set to work on an unusual building project in his own yard. By night, Rodia dreamed and excogitated, and by day he built. He experimented with form, color, texture, cement mixtures, and construction techniques. He built, tore down, and re-built. As an artist completely possessed by his work, he was often derided as an incomprehensible crazy man. Providing a multifaceted, holistic understanding of Rodia, the towers, and the cultural/social/physical environment within which the towers and their maker can be understood, Sabato Rodia s Towers in Watts compiles essays from twenty authors, offering perspectives from the arts, the communities involved in the preservation and interpretation of the towers, and the academy. Most of the contributions originated at two interdisciplinary conferences held in Los Angeles and in Italy: Art Migration: Sabato Rodia s Towers in Watts, Los Angeles and The Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative: Art, Migrations, Development. The Watts Towers are wondrous objects of art and architecture as well as the expression and embodiment of the resolve of a singular artistic genius to do something great. But they also recount the heroic civic efforts (art and social action) to save them, both of which continue to this day to evoke awe and inspiration. Sabato Rodia s Towers in Watts presents a well-rounded tribute to one man s tenacious labor of love. A portion of royalties from this book will go to support the work of the Watts Towers Arts Center. Click here for Appendices B-D of Sabato Rodia s Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development. Codice libro della libreria AAJ9780823257966

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Descrizione libro Fordham University Press. Hardback. Condizione libro: new. BRAND NEW, Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development, Luisa Del Giudice, Looming silently over the streets of South Central Los Angeles, the magical sculptures called the Watts Towers are one of the treasures of American vernacular art. A collection of seventeen connected structures that center on several towers, one of which a 99-foot high, all made from concrete-encassed iron adorned in found glass, ceramic, and shells, the Towers were made by the hands of Sabato (Sam) Rodia an Italian immigrant who built his dream world over thirty three years. Rodia called them: Nuestro Pueblo (Our Town). Construction worker by day, artist by night, once Rodia finished his masterpiece in 1954, sold the property and never saw his creation again. But the wondrous visionary world he made became one of the most significant works of art and architecture of the last century, a national and international icon, and a powerful symbol of local identity. Yet over half a century later, the enigma of the Watts Towers continues to challenge us: What are they? What do they mean? What drove the artist to build them? This book offers a rich, multi-faceted understanding of the artist, his monument, and the communities his legacy has so deeply affected. Here, historians, folklorists, literary and film scholars, conservation specialists and other scholars join artists, filmmakers, and community activists to explore the many ways in which Rodia's work has been - and can be - understood. The essays confront the monument's place in contemporary debates about art and migration, in contested urban social spaces, and the links between art and community development. They also expand our understanding of the Watts Towers within the culture and history of the Italian diaspora. And here, also for the first time, long-silent archival materials from the UCLA Special Collections tell the "Watts Towers Narrative" in Rodia's own words as he reflects on his life and work. Today, the Watts Towers serves as "common ground" for the civic reengagement of art and community. This book is an essential resource for anyone wishing to experience the extraordinary legacy of Sabato Rodia: as an inspiring symbol of transformative creativity, of sustained resolve in adversity, and human vision, articulated around the Italian immigrant artist who created them. Codice libro della libreria B9780823257966

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